Posts Tagged ‘SSPX’

Huge gap separates Pope Francis from liturgical tradionalists Comments 0

Friday, July 22nd, 2016

From the moment Pope Francis was elected on March 13, 2013 it was clear that a huge gap separated him from the so-called Catholic traditionalists – on liturgy, ecclesiology, ecumenism, moral theology and the Church’s social doctrine. Despite their constant attacks against him, the pope showed a remarkable restraint towards the traditionalists – and not Read more

Traditionalist SSPX says Pope has encouraged errors Comments 0

Friday, July 1st, 2016
Bishop Fellay SSPX resized

A statement from the traditionalist Society of St Pius X indicates that a new attempt at reconciliation with Rome has stalled. According to the statement, issued by SSPX superior general Bishop Bernard Fellay, the society “does not primarily seek recognition from the Vatican”. Bishop Fellay met Pope Francis for the first time in April. For Read more

Pope warns against clericalism in making laity deacons Comments 0

Friday, May 20th, 2016

In a wide-ranging interview, Pope Francis has spoken about sexual abuse, the Society of St Pius X and clericalising laity by making them deacons. Pope Francis told French newspaper La Croix that it is often a mistake to “clericalise” talented laity by turning them into deacons. “In Buenos Aires, I have known many good priests Read more

Pope might normalise SSPX despite Vatican II differences Comments 0

Friday, April 29th, 2016
SSPX normalisation resized

The Society of St Pius X might get regular canonical status in the Church without having to recognise certain texts of Vatican II. An internal SSPX memo indicates the traditionalist society could be ready to accept if Pope Francis made an appropriate offer. But that would be conditional on the provision of “an appropriate ecclesial Read more

Signs Pope might extend SSPX Confession authorisation Comments 0

Friday, April 15th, 2016

Pope Francis has reportedly promised to extend indefinitely his recognition of Confessions heard by priests of the traditionalist Society of St Pius X. Last September, Francis decreed that during the Holy Year of Mercy, anyone who confesses their sins to an SSPX priest will be considered validly forgiven. Now, SSPX superior Bishop Bernard Fellay has Read more

Bishop Williamson will illicitly ordain second bishop Comments 0

Friday, February 26th, 2016

Traditionalist Bishop Richard Williamson plans to ordain another bishop without permission from Rome. Bishop Williamson, who was dismissed from the Society of St Pius X in 2012, told followers the ordination will happen in Brazil on March 19. Last year, he presided at the ordination of a bishop, also in Brazil. Bishop Williamson said the Read more

ERO gives big tick to Whanganui SSPX traditionalist schools Comments 2

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

When the Education Review Office (ERO) visited the Society of St Pius X (SSPX) schools in Whanganui the children behaved so beautifully, the inspectors were sure the schools had been tipped off. Deciding then to catch the schools out by visiting again when they were least expected, they found the children equally as good. The Education Review Office Read more

All priests can absolve sin of abortion in Holy Year Comments 1

Friday, September 4th, 2015

Pope Francis has announced that all priests will have the discretion to absolve the sin of abortion confessed by women during the upcoming Year of Mercy. This power is normally reserved to bishops, who frequently themselves grant priests permission to forgive the sin. Procurement of an abortion incurs an automatic excommunication under Church law. The Read more

Rome appoints SSPX head as canonical trial judge Comments 0

Friday, June 5th, 2015
Bishop Fellay resized

Rome has appointed the superior-general of the Society of St Pius X as a first-instance trial judge in a case involving a Lefebvrian priest. The move by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith was announced by SSPX superior-general Bishop Bernard Fellay during a homily. The Secretary of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei, Archbishop Read more

SSPX to celebrate centenary of former Ngongotaha church Comments 0

Friday, April 24th, 2015

The Society of St Pius X community in New Zealand will celebrate the centenary in August of the former Ngongotaha church it relocated to Auckland. The Immaculate Conception Church from Ngongotaha near Rotorua was relocated to Avondale two years ago. The building was rededicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Fr Robert MacPherson, SSPX, said Read more